Last Tuesday, Philippine Senator Sherwin Gatchalian announced that he filed a new bill that would put free WiFi in all public schools in the country.

Senate Bill No. 383 wants to “accelerate the digital transformation of the basic education sector.” It is in compliance with Republic Act No. 10929 also known as the Free Internet Access In Public Places Act.

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“We will be pushing for the digital transformation of the education sector to make sure that each school in the country has access to the internet. I believe that after the pandemic, blended learning will become part of the new normal, so we need to expand the use of technology to deliver quality education,” the senator said in a statement.



The bill tasks the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to accelerate the deployment, installation, and activation of free public WiFi in public schools of all levels.

As per the data from DICT, only 945 public schools have free WiFi. That’s only about 2% of the total number of public schools across the Philippines.


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